Wednesday September 16th
For the first time in it's brief history, Southern Polytechnic State University Men's Soccer has cracked the Top 15 in the NAIA National Rankings. The latest rankings have placed SPSU as #14.
Since the start of the program in 2007, the Hornets have been making strides toward national recognition. In their second game ever, they tied, then #6 Lee University, 2-2 at Lee University. In 2008, as they went 12-5-1, they beat the #16 and #14 teams in the country and lost to the eventual National Champions, Bethel (TN) University 0-1. Their highest ranking in 2008 was #18.
Now, with an impressive 4-0 start, the Hornets have finally started making some noise. "I think the difference is that we are learning how to win. We have won three hard fought games by one goal. The last two years, we would have lost or tied those games. This year, our team just finds ways to win. The important thing to consider is that it is still early and that there are many tough challenges ahead, " said Head Coach Kom Momeni.
To keep their winning ways intact, Momeni believes that they need to stay free of injury and keep doing the little things right. Only time will tell, but for now, the Hornets are proud of their accomplishments. "Being on the very first Southern Poly team," said Junior, GK, Eric Ati, "and seeing how far we have come...I am really proud of our guys."